Are You Overworked and Overwhelmed? Here’s How to Cope

When I first got the email from Scott Eblin, a friend and sometime client, about his new book, Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative, I was happy for him and secretly hoping that he wouldn’t ask me to do anything hard for him, like actually read the book. You see, I’m way too overworked and […]

How Your Unconscious Mind Betrays You – and What You Can Do about It

Back in the cave person era, by all accounts, we evolved this exquisite mechanism, the fight or flight response, to handle brief, intense moments of danger, when we needed to be on high alert and face the world ready to fight or get the heck outta there. We’re not even consciously aware of this mechanism, […]

How Speakers Can Use Body Language To Deliver Great Speeches – 4

For public speakers the body language news is both good and bad. The good news is that you are already an unconscious expert, for the most part, in reading some of the body language cues and the concomitant underlying emotions of people familiar to you. For example, arriving home, you can tell in an instant if your significant […]

How Public Speakers Can Use Body Language to Deliver Great Speeches – 3

For public speakers the body language news is both good and bad. The good news is that you are already an unconscious expert, for the most part, in reading some of the body language cues and the concomitant underlying emotions of people familiar to you. For example, arriving home, you can tell in an instant if your […]

How Public Speakers Can Use Body Language to Deliver Great Speeches – 2

So, if focusing on particular gestures isn’t reliable, what can you use to decode body language? Your unconscious mind. It’s already hard at work, practically 24/7, reading the body language of everyone who comes into your field of ken. What it looks for is intent. It checks people to see if they’re powerful or subservient, […]

Why Speakers Need to Reign in Their Unconscious Minds

As I discussed last time, the reality is that your conscious mind is beset by essentially random directives from your unconscious mind, some of which help you succeed in your larger purposes in life and most of which don’t.  For public speakers, to avoid this trap, you first need to learn to visualize success.  And […]

Why Visualization Matters for Speakers

A recent study by cognitive neuroscientists at the University of Oslo found that imagining a series of images produced the same physiological responses as actually looking at the images. That’s why visualization matters for speakers.  You need to imagine yourself succeeding.  In terms of your brain, it’s virtually the same thing as actually doing it.  […]